“It takes considerable volunteer effort and real dollars to keep Amateur Radio in Space™,” AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, reminded the organization’s members this week in a message that also updated AMSAT activities and issued an invitation to the organization’s 50th anniversary Space Symposium and Annual Meeting in October. In addition, Spier put out a call for “important assistance” in the areas of User Services and Engineering (prospective volunteers may contact Spier via email).
“AMSAT has several fund-raising needs,” Spier said, noting that contributions to AMSAT are tax deductible to the extent permitted by IRS rules. “The daily operation of AMSAT is accomplished by donations to the General Fund. The other main department needs are the fund for GOLF 3U CubeSats design/construction and Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS).”
Spier pointed to the 2018 successes of AO-92 (Fox-1D) and the launch of AO-95 (Fox-1Cliff). Although the latter satellite’s receiver is not operational, Spier said AMSAT Engineering and Operations has been trying to determine the cause of the issue.